Summer Orientation for New Students Underway at Cumberlands

The 2017 logo for SOAR, which features a tree and roots. It says, "Establish Your Roots."

Incoming students at University of the Cumberlands (UC) are participating in summer orientation sessions, visiting campus to register for classes, finalize housing assignments, and meet fellow classmates.

“UC’s campus has great resources and caring people who want to see the incoming class succeed,” said Nate Clouse, Student Success Coordinator. “Orientation gives us the opportunity to introduce students to those resources.”

More than 300 incoming students for the fall 2017 semester visited Cumberlands for the first three summer orientation sessions, commonly known as SOAR. During SOAR, students register for classes and attend a variety of information sessions, learning how to make the most of their college experience. Parents attend similar seminars throughout the morning.

Incoming students also meet with peers, upperclassmen mentors, and faculty advisors to learn more about how to make the successful transition from high school to college. It is the first of many opportunities for students to begin making on-campus connections that will stay with them throughout their time at UC and beyond.

“College orientation programs are key to overall student success,” said Erica Harris, Director of Admissions. “Not only does SOAR help with some of those initial feelings of anxiety, but it also provides helpful information on the student experience inside and outside the classroom. Our program is designed to give new freshmen and transfer students – and their families – an overview of what to expect as new college students.”

UC will host its final two SOAR sessions of the summer on July 14 and August 19. Spots for both sessions are still available but space remains limited. Register today to secure your place.

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